Sunday, 16 September 2012

How To Sharpen Your Thinking With The Qur’an?

"One must worship Allah (SWT) with their mind, body and spirit (heart). Thinking is the 'Ibaadah (worship) of the mind" - Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Despite all the advances in education, science and technology, the level of thinking of people has fallen drastically. The people do not think anymore - they either don't have the time to think or they do not know how to think. If at all they think, their thinking is very shallow and narrow - i.e. very superficial. But what differentiates humans from animals is their ability to think deeply and broadly. If man does not think that way he becomes like an animal or even worse, as described in the Qur'an:

We have created many jinn and people who are destined for Hell, with hearts they do not use for comprehension, eyes they do not use for sight, ears they do not use for hearing. They are like cattle, no, even further astray: these are the ones who are entirely heedless. [Surah Al-'A'raaf 7:179]

They will say, ‘If only we had listened, or reasoned (used our minds), we would not be with the inhabitants of the blazing fire’ [Surah Al-Mulk 67: 10]

How do we become people who think and how can we sharpen our thinking? No doubt it is only through engaging with the Qur'an intimately that we can become people who think. Qur'an urges us to think, reflect, ponder, explore, see, hear, read, research and imagine. It also teaches us how to do these with the advice and the examples of the greatest of thinkers of all time such as Ibrahim (AS) - the beloved of Allah (SWT) and Muhammad (SAW) - the messenger of Allah (SWT).

The last 2 Juzu of the Qur'an are the ideal places to start as the Surahs therein are succinct, yet with very deep and profound meanings that would shake and change the thinking of the people. The forthcoming seminar series - The Magnificent Journey - is an essential guide in that direction. It is starting coming Sunday 23rd September 2012 with Surah al-Mulk and Surah al-Qalam.

The Magnificent Journey

An Amazing Journey Through The Last Two Parts (Juzu Thabaarak and Juzu 'Amma) of The Qur'an From Surah Al-Mulk to Surah An-Naas

By Shaykh Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi (Oxford University)

When: 3rd or 4th Saturday/Sunday of the Month     Time: 10AM - 6PM

Venue: Cambridge University or Anglia Ruskin University

  1. Sunday 23rd September 2012 - Anglia Ruskin University
    67. Surah Al-Mulk to 68. Surah Al-Qalam
  2. Saturday 20th October 2012 - Cambridge University
    69. Surah Al-Haaqqah to 70. Surah Al-Ma'aarij
  3. Saturday 17th November 2012 - Cambridge University
    71. Surah Nuh to 72. Surah Al-Jinn
  4. Saturday 22nd December 2012 - Cambridge University
    73. Surah Al-Muzammil to 75. Surah Al-Qiyaamah
  5. Saturday 26th January 2013 - Cambridge University
    76. Surah Al-Insaan to 77. Surah Al-Mursalaat
  6. Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Cambridge University
    78. Surah An-Naba' to 80. Surah 'Abasa
  7. Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Cambridge University
    81. Surah Ath-Thakweer to 84. Surah Al-Inshiqaaq
  8. Saturday 20th April 2013 - Cambridge University
    85. Surah Al-Buruj to 89. Surah Al-Fajr
  9. Saturday 18th May 2013 - Cambridge University
    90. Surah Al-Balad to 96. Surah Al-'Alaq
  10. Saturday 22nd June 2013 - Cambridge University
    97. Surah Al-Qadr to 114. Surah An-Naas
  11. Sunday 21st July 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: 1. Surah Al-Fathiha and 2:255 Aayat Al-Kursi
  12. Sunday 25th August 2013 - Anglia Ruskin University
    Bonus: Miracle of The Qur'an
There will be a minimum of 10 sessions in this year long course.


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